Tuesday, February 28, 2006

 

Retiring

Well people, that time has come. I'm going to be hanging my hat and retiring from the world of blogging. The Glorified Jailer will be the new captain of this vessel.

It's been fun, and it's been real. It's been real fun. Take care, ya'll.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

 

Monday, February 20, 2006

 

Scandals and Stereotypes

Jack Dunphy’s latest National Review Online column, “Target: Los Angeles,” discusses President Bush’s recent remarks about terrorists targeting L.A. and, separately, what Dunphy calls “The Real Rampart Scandal.” It’s a great read, as usual, and his assessment of how the city, the department and the community is still mired in its repercussions is right on.

I am married to an LAPD officer. In his 17 years on the job, I have clearly seen the personal effect these incidents have on him and his colleagues. Work is harder to face – many officers feel like they, too, are standing in the harsh glare of the media spotlight while investigations are ongoing. It’s hard to watch the news and hear various personalities talk about how awful their tactics are, how the whole department is corrupt and then tell them how to do their job better.

At my own job I have to train myself not to react as I listen to colleagues quip about "cops on the take" and "those flashlight-wielding maniacs." Ha. Ha.

The Rampart scandal was legitimate, yes. Officers who grossly abuse their positions of authority should be held accountable and punished appropriately. But what I hate to see as a result of these scandals are the endless stereotyping of officers in general. Or how some find it necessary to form opinions of law enforcement from quick sound bites and little research of their own and then jump on the nearest soap box to spout off.

There are a great majority of officers out there who don’t deserve these stereotypes and are honestly doing the best they can in a daily battle against crime, under-staffing, under-funding and negative public perceptions. They deserve instead respect and the right to be held accountable for their own sins – and not for the sins of others.

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